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Chavez not in coma, responding well to treatment: brother CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is not in a coma and is responding well to his cancer treatment in Cuba, his brother said Saturday.   Adan Chavez said in a statement that "reports that the president is in a coma and that the family is discussing ending care with life-sustaining equipment are totally false." He added that his brother was "responding well to his medical care."   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Venezuelan VP in Cuba again to visit ailing Chavez HAVANA: Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro was in the Cuban capital Saturday, saying he wanted to visit ailing President Hugo Chavez whose month-long absence following cancer surgery has rattled his nation.   Maduro, handpicked by Chavez as his political heir, has been at the center of the oil-rich nation's response since its fiery president suffered complications from cancer surgery, forcing the government to delay the re-elected leader's inauguration on Thursday.   The Venezuelan vice president was received Friday in ...
Brazil mill has not stopped operating: ThyssenKrupp FRANKFURT: ThyssenKrupp said its steel mill in Brazil, which is up for sale, is still running after the municipality of Rio de Janeiro ordered it to halt operations.   "Operations have not stopped and are continuing," a spokesman for the company said on Friday.   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second-largest city, had said ThyssenKrupp's mill called Cia Siderúrgica do Atlántico SA (CSA) did not have an operating licence.   ThyssenKrupp cited communication problems surrounding the application for a licence, which has ...
Venezuela CARACAS: Venezuela faced an uncertain future without its ailing President Hugo Chavez on Friday, a day after a giant rally in support of the cancer-striken leader on the day he was to have been sworn in for another term.   Thousands of Chavez supporters fervently swore "absolute loyalty" on Thursday to the charismatic Chavez, who has held a vice-like grip over the country's politics for 14 years and is currently recovering from his fourth surgery in Cuba.   The ...
Chavez supporters come from afar, with love  CARACAS: They came by the tens of thousand Thursday to pay fervent tribute to their stricken leader, Hugo Chavez, many of them on buses, from oil states and seaside cities and the distant Andes.   With words of love for their longtime leader and contempt for his opponents, they turned the broad avenue that runs past the Miraflores presidential palace into a sea of red shirts and flags, the color of Chavez's leftist movement.   "I've come because you ...
In Argentina, final stop for world BUENOS AIRES: To the chagrin of nostalgic Argentines, the world's oldest running subway commuter train, a dimly lit, century-old wooden car beloved by tourists and Buenos Aires residents, is scheduled to make its final stop this weekend.   Unless defenders of the old trains secure a last-gasp court order or law to keep it in service, the Belgian-made carriages will be mothballed on Saturday before being replaced by slick new cars made in China.   With a curved roof, ...
Venezuela court endorses Chavez inauguration delay  CARACAS: Venezuela's top court endorsed the postponement of Hugo Chavez's inauguration this week and ruled on Wednesday that the cancer-stricken president and his deputy would continue in their roles, despite a cacophony of opposition complaints.   Critics had argued the 58-year-old's absence from his own swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 10 meant a caretaker president must be appointed. Chavez has not been seen in public nor heard from in almost a month following surgery in Cuba.   "Right now we ...


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